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Forces Exerted on a Hovercraft by a Moving Pressure Distribution: Robustness of Mathematical Models

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The wave resistance, side force, and yawing moment acting on a hovercraft moving on the free surface of a heavy fluid is studied. The hovercraft is represented by a distributed excess pressure. Various types of pressure and bounding contours are considered. The sensitivity of the results to numerous uncertainties in the problem's physical parameters is investigated. It is found that constant pressure over a rectangular region moving with an angle of drift results in peculiar side force values. Several robust mathematical models of a moving hovercraft are proposed and analyzed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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  • The Journal of Ship Research is a quarterly publication providing highly technical papers on applied research in hydrodynamics, propulsion, ship motions, structures, and vibrations. While the Journal requires that papers present the results of research that advances ship and ocean science and engineering, most contributions bear directly on other disciplines, such as civil and mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis. High quality papers are contributed from the U.S., Canada and overseas, with representation from established authorities as well as new researchers.
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